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Christmas carols can take on a whole new meaning once you become a parent. Celebrate the season with these parent-perfect Christmas carols and some fa-la-la-la-fab baby names to go with ‘em!

The Name: Carol
The Song: “Carol of the Bells”
The Perfect Delivery Room Lyric: “Gaily the phone rings, while the whole fam sings, songs of good cheer, baby Carol is HERE!”

The Name: Beth
The Song: “Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem”
The Perfect Lyric for Brand-New Parents: “Oh, Little baby Beth(lehem), how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep” … your nervous parents check in on you 50 times a night.

The Name: Joy
The Song: “Joy to the World”
The Perfect Lyric for Tired New Parents: “Joy to the world …” the baby slept through the night!

The Name: Angel
The Song: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”
The Perfect Lyric for Parents of Colicky Babies: “Hark! Your baby Angel sings” … loudly o’er the baby monitor!

The Name: Rock
The Song: “Jingle Bell Rock”
The Perfect Lyric for Parents of Older Babies: “Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring …” because once baby gets a hold of the Christmas garland, he’s never going to stop playing with it.

The Name: Felice
The Song: “Feliz Navidad”
The Perfect Lyric for Moms of Toddlers: “Feliz Navidad, prospero ano y felicidad.” (There’s pretty much only one line to this song–repeated over and over and over and over … But with a toddler in the house, you’re totally used to that.)

The Name: Rudolph
The Song: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
The Perfect Lyric for Elementary School Moms:“All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.” But the moral of the story is that one day those bullies will be chewing on grass in the pasture while your kid is racing through the sky as Santa’s sidekick.

The Name: Suzy
The Song: “Suzy Snowflake”
The Perfect Lyric for Moms With New Babies and Older Kids … in Winter: “Here comes Suzy Snowflake …” along with two consecutive snow days with cabin feverish kids and a brand-new baby. Yay!

The Name: Nicholas
The Song: “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”
The Perfect Lyric for Parents the Day After Christmas: “Jolly old Saint Nicholas, lean your ear this way …” Look, Beard-o, I thought I told you last year, “NO TOYS THAT MAKE NOISE!”

Got a brilliant baby name idea for this list? Add it to the comments below!